Three Top Smart Thermostats for the Home

Check Out the Latest in Home Air Conditioning: Smart Thermostats 

More and more, the world seems to be right at a person’s fingertips. The advent of smartphone technology has given people the ability to be in touch with most things almost all the time. Now that many people carry around a micro-sized computer in their bag or back pocket, more companies and services have joined the app store. Even in the world of central heating and air conditioning, this technology is being used. The invention of the smart thermostat helps homeowners keep their homes comfortable and save money.

Peace of Mind with the Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostatthermostat

While one can access all smart thermostats via a phone app, Honeywell has provided one app for all of its various smart technologies. The T5+ Smart Thermostat has several major selling points. These include:

  • Voice Control Compatible:  through Siri, Cortana, and Alexa (among others)
  • Geofencing: This allows the thermostat to track the owner’s smartphone and start making the home comfortable when they are getting close.
  • Energy Saving: The geofencing feature is largely because energy is not wasted on an empty house.
  • Alerts: When filters need to be replaced or other problems happen with the system, the thermostat lets the homeowner know.

Price: $110- $160

Ecobee Adds Convenient Extras with Their Smart Thermostat with Voice Control 

thermostatWillis Carrier never would have predicted that his “Apparatus for Treating Air” would play music or answer phone calls. Today as technology moves more and more towards integration, Ecobee has provided some of these features built-in with their Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control.
  • Voice Control: Alexa is built right in for convenience, but the system also works with other home systems such as Apple Home Kit.
  • Smart Sensor: Detects the presence of occupants and adjusts the temperature for comfort or for energy saving. 
  • Learning: Automatically adapts to the schedule of the people within the home.
  • Extras: Comes standard with Spotify and excellent speakers.

Price:  $249.99

The Thermostat that “Programs Itself:” Google Nest Learning Thermostat

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat was one of the first of its kind. It was first to be Energy Star certified and claims to save energy both while heating and cooling. So much so that this thermostat is said to pay for itself in two years. Below are the major features of the Google Nest Learning Thermostat:

  • Seven Colors: Stainless Steel, Mirrored Black, White, Brass, Copper, Polished Steel, Black  
  • Programs Itself: Use for a week. Adjust temps via the thermostat and the Nest app to show preferences, and the thermostat takes it from there. 
  • Tracking: Tracks the energy usage in the home to allow homeowners to discover trends and make informed decisions to save energy and money. It also uses the smartphone to track location for energy saving.
  • Display: Senses when an occupant walks into the room and lights up to show time, weather, and indoor temperature settings.

Price: $249

About G.F. Bowman, Inc.

This family-owned business has been serving the Harrisburg, PA area since 1967 when it was run out of the Bowman garage. Their knowledge and experience with up-to-date technology mean they can answer any questions customers may have and assist them in choosing the right thermostat or other appliance for their home.

Three Plumbing Issues That Can Put a Damper on Summer Fun

Plumbing Issues Can Hamper Summer Fun

Outdoor barbeques, backyard volleyball, and a whole lot of get-togethers are just some of the many fun activities that homeowners and their families are gearing up for this summer. With lasting warm weather on the horizon and the sun soon shining bright, there is every reason to smile. But not if homeowners have to deal with the headaches of home plumbing issues!

Several different plumbing issues can wreak havoc for homeowners, and these can hamper the summer fun. Homeowners must understand the common issues to look out for to identify any problems early on, seek professional help to address the issues immediately, and keep the party going!

Broken Sprinklerssprinkler

Broken sprinkler systems are the first major issue to watch out for. Often, debris can get stuck in the sprinkler valves that sit above-ground. Typically, when sprinkler systems turn on, these valves spray water that has traveled underground. But if debris is stuck, then these valves cannot properly move up and down, which throws off the whole system.

As for other sprinkler issues, so many other problems have to do with damage to this underground structure. First, the sprinkler lines can break due to pressure from the surrounding soil or other causes like tree roots. In severe cases, there may also be burst pipes that result from colder weather conditions.


Faulty Hose Bibs

In addition to the sprinkler system, homeowners need to watch out for their hose bibs. These hose bibs connect a hose to a water source – they are essentially “outdoor faucets.” Often, hose bibs connect directly to the side of the house.

Many different issues can result from the hose bibs, such as structural damage to the bib itself, water leaks or puddling in or around the hose bib area, debris buildups, or rusting strange sounds during use. All of these may be signs that there is a faulty hose bib.

So why exactly do these issues matter? Well, if not addressed early enough, homeowners may end up having a bigger problem on their hands. Since the hose bibs often connect to the side of the home, continued leaking can potentially lead to cracks or other sorts of damage to the home foundation. This is definitely a no-no that homeowners will want to avoid at all costs!

Worst of All: Sewer Line Issues

Homeowners must beware of sewer line issues, as these can be extremely unpleasant and hugely problematic. Sewer line issues can occur for all different reasons, including corrosion or backups in the pipes, tree root issues, or drastic fluctuations in temperatures.

There can be other downstream issues like draining problems, water flow issues in plumbing fixtures, highly foul odors, and more when there is damage to the sewer lines. Homeowners must watch out for these signs and call for immediate help should they suspect issues with their sewer lines. Failure to do so will most certainly hamper the summer fun!

About G. F. Bowman, Inc.

G.F. Bowman, Inc. of Cleona, PA is a family-owned and operated business providing trusted plumbing solutions for over 50 years. Their team of experts offers high-quality workmanship, permanent solutions, and top-notch customer service for each of their clients. Call them for plumbing help today!